Per Axbom is the Swedish communication theorist born in Liberia and brought up in Saudia Arabia and Tanzania. His international background, early 1980s interest in computing and passion for responsible innovation has fostered a deep concern for human wellbeing and equity in the digital space. An early internet adopter, blogger, podcaster and founder of a digital design firm he considers himself an active witness to the tech industry’s ongoing experiments with human attention, autonomy and health.
Digital enablement, smart computing, AI and virtual realities are all praised for the problems they solve, while the problems they create are kept from view. Organisations are less willing to acknowledge any of their injurious contributions, instead choosing to argue that their intent is always benevolent. Harm is especially evident for the already vulnerable, overlooked, underserved and disenfranchised. Denial and avoidance will only exacerbate negative impact and Per is determined to raise general awareness and promote more balanced and honest conversations about possible, plausible and preferable human futures.
Recognizing his pursuit as just one leg of broad, long-term effort, Per Axbom refers to himself as a digital ethicist-in-progress. He strives to uncover damage and abuse, and spark informed conversation about the best paths forward for the technologies influencing our behavior and making choices on our behalf.
A practical and concrete introduction to the space of digital ethics and responsible innovation for everyone who designs and builds digital products. You will learn
You will also begin to understand how you can be a voice of reason and gain traction for ethical thinking within your organisation.
Per promises lots of real-world examples to get to the essence of an ethical mindset.
|So… you think you’re a good person||World IA Day Switzerland||February 2019|
|Mostly Harmless: Design for digital with a conscience||Feira do Polo Digital de Manaus||November 2018|
|Don’t feed the designers after midnight||STHLM Xperience Conference||November 2018|
|The Hidden Persuaders of the Digital Age||EuroIA 2017||September 2017|
|The Invisible Problem with Fairy Tale Experiences||UXLx: User Experience Lisbon||May 2016|